Golden Hill (Zlatý vrch) near Bečov has been witness to tumultuous historical events - its rich history is surpassed only by the beauty of the view one enjoys from its top. For the latter reason, it is also a popular meeting place among the locals. Golden Hill is a prime example of a wholly uncomplicated relationship with nature, marked by the interplay of conservationist, productive, and recreational aspects.
In order to make walks across the hill even more pleasant, the ČSOP (with friendly support from the NET4GAS Closer to Nature programme) in 2008 built a seating area from stone, installed wooden benches, and created a simple overnight shelter for hikers in a covered structure formerly known under the sinister name of "katovna", or execution chamber. An observation deck provides for a nice view down the Bečov Valley, and does double duty in summer as a sunshade for grazing sheep. Bivouacking in the covered shelter atop Golden Hill is possible upon prior arrangement over the phone or via e-mail. The keys can be picked up at the Bečov botanical garden.
place:Bečov nad Teplou, District of Karlovy Vary, Karlovy Vary Region
Way there:Golden Hill lies above Bečov (and is crowned by a broadcasting mast). It can be accessed from the road that leads from Bečov to Chodov. Cycling trail No. 362 leads you from Bečov straight to the top. GPS: N 50°4.78105', E 12°50.63948'